Help Them Help Us | Booky Kaluszyner

A message to the Toms River Community: There are many services that we take for granted, simply because we were brought up with the services in place, and it’s a give-in that they will be there in our time of need.

One of those services are our local Fire Department.

What many of you don’t know, is that the local firefighters are all volunteers. They spend countless hours training and preparing if god forbid someone has a fire. Rain or shine, day or night, they will be there.

It is our duty as a community to support our local fire departments – Pleasant Plains and Silverton Fire Companies.

Fire Commissioner elections are on February 19th.

Kevin Britton & David Seiders are running uncontested. Both are upstanding individuals and dedicated firemen. They spend the majority of their life in public service.

Also on the ballot is our chance to vote on the budget. Our local fire department relies on this money for day to day expenses, as well as updating their equipment & training. Some money each year is put away to purchase apparatuses or engines so the taxpayers shouldn’t get hit with a huge bill when doing such a large purchase.

If all tax payers share the burden then we aren’t talking about a lot of money. To put it in perspective – if you have a $500k home, you will be paying an additional $10 a year towards the fire department. If you have a $1M home, then it would be just $20.

*Please vote yes on the budget!*

*Our community needs it!!*

Booky Kaluszyner

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12 COMMENTS

    • Yes, First of all it much needed, also for under $20 you can really help them, wouldn’t you want the best equipment and highly trained firefighters by your house if Chas vishalom something happens, Besides, if the budget doesn’t pass, they will simply go to the council and have vote to higher the budget, might as well do it in a respectable manner

  1. VOTE! In any election, how many heroes do you get to vote for? Even unopposed? Support them.Show them the love. You can’t get a better deal for the money.

  2. it always starts off at $10 before you know it its $1000 the fire dept doesnt need our donations they get more money than they know what to do with it from the state and federal gov. stop with the sob stories vote no

  3. the way of the yeshivishe and mussar thinkers is to do whatever possible for someone else and this is one of those situations where you should put into practice what you were taught in yeshiva. if you vote no it’s almost as if you did not internalize what you and you friends heard from Rabbis, teachers, parents and other role models. choose between chaval or kol hakavod.

  4. The fire departments are funded by the state. Ever seen these gorgeous fire houses?
    It’s the EMS squads who need funding.

    I’ll keep my tax dollars as close as possible.

  5. Why does every letter need a comment . Just read what’s written and decide what you want to do . Nobody needs to hear your negative thoughts . Someone is just trying to give us information . These comments are read by a broader crowd so please think before you write if it’s really necessary. I am sure everyone has good intentions but they don’t seem to come out in a nice fashion . Wishing you all the best

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